Source: SC Magazine, January 2020
At an average of almost three times a week, a government agency is hit by ransomware. Every year the combined cost runs to millions of dollars. Then there are other threat vectors: malware, spear-phishing, doxxing and more. Agencies need real visibility into their digital channels, in order to detect threats.
Of the billions of records breached in a year, almost 90% are compromised via insiders, both malicious and accidental. Outsourced service providers and consultants are especially easy points of ingress or egress for bad actors. Unless they can monitor all communications, including private chat, agencies are vulnerable.
If Jeff Bezos’s WhatsApp can be hacked, anyone can be hacked. High-profile government officials are often the target of bad actors seeking to do reputational damage or gain access to sensitive information. Immediate flagging and quarantining of suspicious activity and communications is the only way to prevent a breach.
Major regulations (PII, PHI, HIPAA) now requires that citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII) is protected. Agency record keeping and retention obligations also have to be fulfilled, requiring management of a vast amount of digital data. Agencies need AI-powered tools that can empower them to identify violations in real-time and take swift action, while maintaining a flawless record of what took place.
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